CHICAGO: AV Chicago has named BJ Strote director of sales.

LAS VEGAS: Smith & Wollensky has opened inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian Resort Las Vegas. The steakhouse has several private dining rooms that can hold groups of 40 to 500 guests. 

LOS ANGELES: RuPaul’s DragCon L.A. will take place May 24-26 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. 

For information on upcoming events in Los Angeles, visit Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles  

NEW YORK: Food Tank’s 2019 N.Y.C. Food Waste Fair will take place May 23 at Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Triumph Hotels will host a series of events and promotions in support of WorldPride in June. The Evelyn Hotel will serve rainbow desserts at Leonelli Focacceria e Pasticceria; Hotel Belleclaire will serve a special Macaron Pride Box; and Serafina Tribeca at the Frederick Hotel will host a comedy show on June 20.

For information on upcoming events in New York, visit Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork

SAN DIEGO: Talon has appointed Kristy Day director of client management for Talon U.S. 

TORONTO: This year’s Redpath Waterfront Festival, presented by Billy Bishop Airport, will take place June 29-July 1.

WASHINGTON: Hyatt Place National Harbor has broken ground and is slated to open in late 2020. OTO Development is building the 165-room property. 

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